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Dames: Bring On Naidu

Dames: Bring On Naidu
From left: Gavan Turner, Brent ‘Sugar’ Dames and promoter Ben Krishna at Hotel Martintar in Nadi on August 30, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 31
12:23 2018

Australian welterweight box­er Brent ‘Sugar’ Dames is looking forward to a tough showdown against Ronald Naidu for the vacant World Boxing Foun­dation Australasian welterweight title at Prince Charles Park, Nadi tomorrow.

Arriving at Nadi International Airport yesterday, Dames told SUNsports that he is confident of leaving his mark after two of his earlier fights were called off.

“It is going to be good and I’m fi­nally here,” he said.

“I was supposed to fly over twice but it did not happen.I hope this boy is fit, after the fifth round I will be warming up and start landing some shots.

“I’m looking at clean boxing and start putting physical pressure to­wards the end.”

At the age of 18, Dames made his debut in kickboxing but later took up boxing in 2014. He has fought 10 bouts recording six wins and four losses.

“This is my first time in Fiji. I love the heat and to train in it with the muscles getting loose. Always ready to go mentally.

“Thanks Ben (Krishna) for bring­ing me over and I just cannot wait to go in there and box.

“People are underestimating my actual boxing skills coming from a kickboxing background in Aus­tralia.

“There is more money in boxing than kickboxing but I loved boxing as a sport.”

Unbeaten Sydney- based John Krishna Chotka Jnr had earlier called on Naidu to throw a lot of punches if he is to stand a chance against the Aussie.

Chotka said if Naidu holds back his punches then Dames is surely going to outbox him.

Dames manager Gavan Turner said, “We are at home and happy to be here and we are not like people from overseas who are always de­manding things.

“For me it is a reward for Brent to come here, we had two fights in Fiji that fell through and all that non­sense has passed.

“We were really cautious when an approach came from Fiji.

“Brent is the kind of boxer who loves this setting and he’s confi­dent,” he added.

Kiran Boxing Promotions promot­er Ben Krishna said, “I’m grateful to have Dames and his team here in Fiji.

“I thank him for accepting this fight and this sport needs boxers of such calibre.

“Dames is an intelligent boxer ei­ther win or lose, it is a sport and it’s great to have him here.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

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